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Category Archives: Legislation

July 11, 2018

Efforts to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in New Jersey Stall in the Legislature, While Medical Marijuana Expands

Efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey have been slowed by political infighting in Trenton. However, the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program raises many concerns for employers, schools, and medical providers. On June 7, 2018, State Senator Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, introduced a bill to legalize the possession and personal use of marijuana  Read More arrow

November 23, 2016

Employers Granted Reprieve from New Overtime Regulations

Yesterday, a Texas federal judge preliminarily enjoined the implementation of the Department of Labor overtime rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay. A coalition of more than 50 business groups and 21 states sued to invalidate the regulation and sought immediate injunctive relief from the December  Read More arrow

February 11, 2016

Federal Government to Force Employers to Reveal Pay Information by Gender

President Obama proposed executive action through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to require certain businesses to provide detailed information about how much each employee earns.  To that end, the EEOC has proposed revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to include collecting pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with more than 100  Read More arrow

November 30, 2014

New Jersey Constitution Amended to Raise Minimum Wage – Every Year

Beginning on January 1, 2014 every New Jersey employer is required pay each employee a wage rate of no less than $8.25 an hour.  What employers should know is that each September 30th, the minimum wage will INCREASE, effective the following January 1st ,  by any increase during the one year prior to that September  Read More arrow

March 24, 2014

Assembly Panel Votes to Raise Pay for Tipped Workers

The NJ Assembly Labor Committee voted on March 24, 2014 to raise the minimum hourly wage that businesses are required to pay tipped employees from $2.13 to $3.39 by the end of the year and $5.93 by 2015, according to the Newark Star Ledger.  The bill moves on to the Assembly for a full vote.

February 25, 2014

Continued Push for Higher Federal Minimum Wage for All and Paid Sick Leave for New Jersey Workers

Employers (and workers) should be aware of a continued push for: (1) a higher federal Minimum Wage – which would boost the Minimum Wage in New Jersey under its Constitution; and (2) a push for paid Sick Leave for New Jersey workers. A recent issue of the U. S. Department of Labor newsletter detailed Secretary  Read More arrow

December 28, 2013

New Jersey Assembly Advances “Ban the Box” Legislation

On December 16, 2013 the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced the Opportunity to Compete Act.  This new bill seeks to prohibit New Jersey employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history or conducting a criminal background check before the employer extends a conditional offer of employment. The bill, if passed, would add New Jersey  Read More arrow

August 29, 2013

Employers Not Privy to Worker’s Social Media

On August 29, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that prevents employers from requiring prospective or current employees to disclose their username and password information for their personal social media accounts or otherwise provide access to their accounts.  The law also gives employees greater safeguards against retaliation.  Notably, an employer may not require its  Read More arrow